What happens to the Chicago River in winter? Our partners at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum recently covered the chilly topic on its blog featuring Friends’ experts. Policy and Conservation Director John Quail and Conservation Manager Maggie Jones answer questions about life under frozen water; how fish, plants, and other wildlife adapt; and outdoor restoration work in winter.
While watershed-wide restoration work happens year round, some of the most important restoration work occurs during the winter season. In particular, Jones works in partnership with staff from the Forest Preserves of Cook County to monitor for the optimum winter conditions for Friends’ restoration work, including habitat improvement that increase turtle nesting success and open spaces that need attention in order to establish a healthy native plant community. Visit Friends’ website to learn more about Friends’ ecological restoration work in winter.
Friends of the Chicago River is the only organization solely dedicated to the Chicago River system.
Since 1979, Friends has been working to improve the health of the Chicago River system for the benefit of people and wildlife and by doing so, has laid the foundation for the river to be a beautiful, continuous, easily accessible corridor of open space in the Chicago region.